‘Mexicutioner’ Pacquiao sees De La Hoya as next victim (LA Times)
Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao hopes to extend his winning streak when he faces Oscar De La Hoya on Dec. 6. He plans to fight at short range to score points early and wear out his rival.
By Lance Pugmire
November 25, 2008
Topic No. 1 regarding Manny Pacquiao’s decision to fight Oscar De La Hoya at 147 pounds is the jump in weight — some 12 pounds greater than the Philippine star’s current standing as world lightweight champion, and a staggering 41 pounds greater than Pacquiao’s pro debut bout at 106 as a 17-year-old.
Pacquiao calls it a “nonissue.”
“It’s muscle, not fat,” Pacquiao says, crediting training and nutrition techniques. “And I won’t lose any speed. Speed can be developed in training, and that’s what I’m doing.”….Full Story